I just returned to the U.S. after a month in Asia. I saw God building His Church across the continent—in big cities and small towns—often against all odds, and often using Southern Baptist Convention church-planters and workers at the heart of these movements.
I was mostly off @twitter
during that time. Today—my first Sunday back—I opened my Twitter app only to find my timeline replete with another round of rancorous chatter regarding the SBC, reignited controversies, and yes—slander of evangelical leaders on the front lines of impactful ministry.
It's deeply saddening, it’s frustrating, it's destructive, and it hurts our witness to a watching world. It's also a tremendous distraction from our gospel mission. As @bethmoorelpm
(whose courage and clarity continue to inspire me) tweeted today, "I thought we were gospel people, all sent out to share the good news of salvation through Christ." I thought so, too.
My challenge for all of us is this: Let's not engage in destructive chatter—including speculation which often leads to gossip—in person and online. Let's not get distracted by straw men (and straw women!) arguments that take us away from actual challenges facing our churches, our country, and our world. Most importantly, in our dark and confused culture, let's stay focused on our gospel mission—to know Jesus deeply and make Him known boldly—and let's take heart in the reality that God is growing His Church and we get to be a part of it. What a gift... let's steward it wisely. ⛪️👊 #SBC #globalchurch